The majority of adoptions in the United States are independent adoptions. An independent adoption occurs when a birth parent places their child directly with an adoptive family without any involvement or interference by the Department of Human Services or an adoption agency. Under Oregon law, a birth parent may choose any family to adopt their child as long as the family has a favorable home study.
Susan Moffet helps birth parents looking for the right family to adopt their child. A birth parent can choose the home environment they want for their child. Our office handles the legal, practical and financial aspects of the adoption process. All costs of the adoption are paid by the adoptive family. Many independent adoptions include a Continuing Contact Agreement, which is approved by the court and may provide for the payment of birth parent living expenses during the pregnancy and pictures and letter updates until the adopted child reaches adulthood.
Susan Moffet represents adoptive parents in Oregon and through out the United States who have a favorable home study and are ready to become parents. Susan Moffet can help in the process of obtaining a home study, preparing a portfolio to be shown to prospective birth parents and developing a plan to find the child who is right for their family. She has over 25 years of experience in handling independent adoptions. She is experienced with the Indian Child Welfare Act and between residents of different states when adoptions involving the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children applies.
She advises adoptive parents on the legalities of all adoption related expenses. This includes payment for pregnancy related living expenses, counseling, medical and legal costs. We provide an accounting to the court of all costs associated with the adoption. We also provide documentation for our clients to aid them in applying for the Federal Adoption Tax Credit.